Large pleural effusion

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Large pleural effusion

  • Here the trachea and mediastinum are deviated to the right.
  • Are they PUSHED or PULLED?
  • There is opacification of the left lower hemithorax due to a pleural effusion (fluid gathering in the pleural space). This has PUSHED the whole mediastinum to the right.
  • In this case the patient was found to have mesothelioma, a malignancy of the pleura related to asbestos exposure.

Page author: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust UK (Read bio)

Last reviewed: October 2019